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  • November 10, 2012
  • • 12:30 PM
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 40538
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Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Manchester United

The Red Devils travel to Birmingham having not lost in 17 previous visits, but Paul Lambert's men will be buoyed by a win over Sunderland in their previous league outing.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Stevens
Weimann, Delph, El Ahmadi, Bannan

Benteke, Agbonlahor

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra

Carrick, Cleverley
Valencia, Rooney, Young
Van Persie

Paul Lambert is sweating on the fitness of Darren Bent (ankle), while Charles N’Zogbia (knee) and Richard Dunne (groin) remain sidelined.

Joe Bennett (knee) was forced off against Sunderland, while his replacement, Eric Lichaj, is suspended. With Chris Herd (knee) and Nathan Baker (ankle/foot) doubtful, Enda Stevens could make a first Premier League start at left back with Karim El Ahmadi available again after suspension.

Manchester United is still without Nemanja Vidic (knee), who could be out until Christmas, Phil Jones (knee) and Shinji Kagawa (knee). Chris Smalling returned from injury against Braga on Wednesday night and could start if Jonny Evans does not recovery from a slight groin problem.

Sir Alex Ferguson rested Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young for the trip to Portugal, with Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand and Rafael coming off the bench, but all should start on Saturday.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Aston Villa has only won three of its 40 matches against Manchester United since the Premier League began.
  • Its only league win over Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the last 17 years came in 2009, a 1-0 win secured by Gabriel Agbonlahor (pictured right).
  • Only Sunderland has had fewer shots on target than Aston Villa this season, with the Villans hitting the target just 3.3 times per match.
  • Villa has been shown 24 yellow cards this season – the joint worst offender in the league - and has seen red twice.
  • Manchester United has scored more goals than any other side in the league this season (26), while Villa have netted just eight times.
  • But the Red Devils have kept just two clean sheets this year, as many as their opponents today.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson’s side has not lost at Villa Park in the league since 1995 – 17 matches ago.
  • Robin van Persie leads the Premier League’s scoring charts with eight goals from eight starts, plus three assists.

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1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
29Enda StevensDefender
4Ron VlaarDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
20C. BentekeStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
-Derrick WilliamsDefender
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
8Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
2RafaelDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
22Paul ScholesMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
28Alexander BüttnerDefender
8AndersonMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
24Darren FletcherMidfielder
14Javier HernándezStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker

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